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Our Trainers

Contagious Companies, Inc. certifies only those trainers who demonstrate a strong skill set in adult learning, audience engagement, and successful training experience. We’re quite particular about who our trainers are actually because we know that you and your employees want only the best. The best are pictured on this page!

Our Trainers

Contagious Companies, Inc. certifies only those trainers who demonstrate a strong skill set in adult learning, audience engagement, and successful training experience. We’re quite particular about who our trainers are actually because we know that you and your employees want only the best. The best are pictured on this page!

Each trainer is a certified CORE Profile® Facilitator and Coach and will bring value to your class even beyond the written curriculum. Browse through the trainer bios and take a look at their background. One way to ensure a good trainer fit for your organization or association is to choose one that has a compatible background and expertise. We’re also happy to make recommendations and are here to serve your training needs. For questions regarding our trainers, please contact us or call: 1-866-382-0121.

Tom Hoisington

Enthusiastic, humorous, and dynamic is how training class participants describe Tom Hoisington. As an experienced trainer, Tom uses a high energy presentation to connect with adult learning styles. His humor, stories, and analogies help make training content easily understood. Assessments show that those benefiting from Tom's training techniques show strong improvement in comprehension and understanding. Tom's ability to bring clarity to difficult topics leads to needed behavioral changes.

Tom has an extensive career in the financial services industry. His has sold insurance products and mutual funds, developed and delivered training programs for both agency managers and agents. Tom also has had compliance officer responsibility for a 24 state territory ensuring that sales offices and sales personnel were in full compliance with state insurance laws and NASD (now FINRA) Regulations.

As the Director of Education Outreach for a non-profit credit counseling agency, Tom worked closely with Central Florida non-profit social service agencies developing and delivering both financial education and personal financial counseling. He also served the agency as a certified credit and housing counselor.

Prior to entering the financial services business, Tom worked in a variety of positions within the restaurant industry and taught in the public school system.

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Tom Hoisington
Kathy Potts

Kathy is a native of Denver, CO. She earned a minor in Opera 1996, a BSW in 1998 and became a Certified High Ropes Team-Building Facilitator in 1999 which landed her an offer to launch the OD/L function with electronic retailing pioneer HSN. In 2006, she became the Director of Organization Development & Learning, overseeing the strategic design and delivery of Orientation, HSN’s Business Program series, and all instructor-led and online leadership & team development experiences for HSN’s 3600+ employees nationwide. She supported Executives as a professional coach and facilitated annual planning retreats for the $4B/year company.

Today, Kathy serves as a consultant and executive coach to growing organizations seeking to define and implement a growth strategy with a focus on talent development at all levels.

Additional Information:

  • Coach to MBA Students enrolled in University of Tampa’s Fast Start and Leadership Courses.
  • Certifications: CORE Map, MBTI, HBDI, Personnel Decisions International 360 Degree PROFILOR Facilitator, Situational Leadership, and Marshall Goldsmith Coach
Kathy Potts
Beth Ramsay

Feedback surveys on Beth’s sessions say:

"You had the best workshop of the day!"
"You had us laughing the entire time"
"You just have to come back next year"
"You brought the energy way up"
"Just the kick in the fanny we needed"

Beth adds value for you by:

  • Quickly solving problems with fresh solutions
  • Generating ideas that surprise people with a new perspective
  • Starting action
  • Communicating expressively, with fun language and humor
  • Inspiring people to become involved advocates

Beth has an extensive background in the hospitality and food/beverage industries, having started waiting on tables at 14 years old, to managing a staff of 37 people in a French-Hungarian restaurant at the age of 19. She was also on the team that re-opened the original Peabody Hotel in Memphis ("The South’s Grand Hotel") and trained front-of-the-house staff for companies opening new restaurants and nightclubs around the country. Beth also used her extensive experience and eye for detail as an effective "secret shopper" to improve the guest experience.

People like to watch what Beth will do next because she thwarts tradition and captivates with spontaneity and quick wit. Beth is approachable and transparent in her style and isn’t afraid to change the game to move a team forward to attain bigger goals.

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Beth Ramsay
Hardy Smith

Hardy Smith works with nonprofits and associations who want to develop a continuing culture of performance.

As a consultant and speaker, his results-oriented approach is based on a career of more than 30 years in the high performance world of NASCAR racing.

He also has a decade of senior leadership experience in local government.

Hardy’s in-depth understanding of the needs of nonprofits and associations comes from extensive professional and personal involvement with nonprofits, volunteer based organizations, and community groups nationwide. He has held numerous local, state, and national volunteer leadership positions. He has certifications in Nonprofit Management and Volunteer Administration.

Hardy’s original research to answer the compelling question, Why Don’t Board Members Do What They’re Supposed To Do? provides a unique perspective for speaking and board development sessions.

His insights for increasing organizational and individual performance have been shared in publications such as BoardSource, GuideStar, FSAE’s SOURCE Magazine, Nonprofit Business Advisor, Nonprofit World, Industry Week, Building Women Magazine, The Real Estate Professional Magazine, Investor’s Business Daily, Supervision Magazine, and the Practicing CPA.

He has a large social media following and publishes a widely read newsletter for nonprofit and association leaders.

A sampling of past speaking engagements includes: Florida Junior League Public Affairs State Conference, Florida Association of YMCA Professionals, Florida Society of Association Executives, International League of Electrical Associations, Florida Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Good Sam, Central Florida Council of Boy Scouts of America, Florida AFP Planet Philanthropy, Tallahassee Society of Association Executives, Siemens, Baptist Medical Dental Mission International, Florida Public HR Association, Pile Driving Contractors Association, Florida Festivals & Events Association, California Library Conference, Florida Realtors Association, Florida Association of Chamber Professionals, American Library Association, Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, and Towing & Recovery Association of America.

He is a member of the National Speakers Association, Association of Fundraising Professionals, BoardSource, ASAE, and FSAE. Florida’s network of Small Business Development Centers named Hardy as one of their 30th Anniversary Small Business Success Stories.

Learn more about Hardy and see testimonials by visiting his website: www.hardysmith.com

Connect with Hardy on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/hardysmith. Follow Hardy on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/HardySmith1

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Hardy Smith
Monica Wofford, CSP

Monica Wofford, CSP has been a trainer for more than two decades. Her first keynote speech was given at the age of 18 to more than 8,000 fellow students and since then her audiences have varied in size, need, and location. She has spoken in all fifty states and 19 countries, but more importantly, she’s been called "The best trainer ever seen!" Monica’s unique engaging style leaves participants laughing, even if sometimes at themselves, and learning new knowledge and skills, relevant to their business, and that they can use immediately!

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Monica Wofford, CSP

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